April 12, 2019     
Dr. "Ned" Canfield among those receiving the 2019 Jean Chabut Health Policy Champion award

As part of National Public Health Week, the Michigan Public Health Week Partnership presented a group of legislators with the 2019 Jean Chabut Health Policy Champion award for their contributions to protecting and improving the health of Michigan residents on April 10 at the state Capitol.

Among those receiving the award was former State Representative, and MOA Past President Edward "Ned" Canfield, DO. "This award was given because we updated the Michigan Health Code in regards to HIV laws. Prior to this it would be a felony for someone to have relations with anyone. HIV is NOT what it was when I was resident... it is actually treatable now and we needed to update the laws... I feel very strongly that this was some of the best work I did while I was in the legislature," said Dr. Canfield.

The bi-partisan group who shared the Jean Chabut Health Policy Champion award also included Sen. John Bizon, MD, Rep. Abdullah Hammoud, Rep. Kevin Hertel, Rep. Jon Hoadley and Rep. Hank Vaupel.
Dr. Edward Canfield and his daughter Emily

MDHHS Press Release

MedWatch - The FDA Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program

FDA identifies harm reported from sudden discontinuation of opioid pain medicines and requires label changes to guide prescribers on gradual, individualized tapering

TOPIC: Opioid Pain Medicines: Drug Safety Communication - Harm to Patient Reported From Sudden Discontinuation of Opioid Pain Medicine
AUDIENCE: Patient, Health Professional, Pain Management, Pharmacy
ISSUE: FDA has received reports of serious harm in patients who are physically dependent on opioid pain medicines suddenly having these medicines discontinued or the dose rapidly decreased. These include serious withdrawal symptoms, uncontrolled pain, psychological distress, and suicide.

Rapid discontinuation can result in uncontrolled pain or withdrawal symptoms. In turn, these symptoms can lead patients to seek other sources of opioid pain medicines, which may be confused with drug-seeking for abuse. Patients may attempt to treat their pain or withdrawal symptoms with illicit opioids, such as heroin, and other substances.

ASAM annual event Celebrates 50 years of education

The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) held its annual conference in Orlando, Fl. Celebrating 50 years of "education and dedication." ASAM offered workshops and presentations that attracted attendees from across the country.  

The event featured Beth Macy, author of the book, "Dopesick." The book traces the opioid crisis from the beginning with painfully personal stories and excellent reporting.  "This is a great book about how the opioid crisis started and how it has reached epidemic proportions. The author provides great examples of how the disease of opioid use disorder touches all of our communities. She has a good message about how effective treatment and empathy is essential to tackle the problem," said David Best, DO.
Dr. David Best, his wife Dr. Lindsay Best
and author Beth Macy

Spring Convention

Bo Pang, DO, on the passing of David N. Madgy, DO

"I first met Dr. Madgy on the Amazon river in Peru while I was a second year medical student. He was the guy that got me started on otolaryngology and really took it upon himself to encourage me and believe in me along the way. Since then, I've followed him everywhere: to his clinic, the operating room, Peru, Guatemala, and Malawi... Through it all, he's been a phenomenal mentor, but most importantly, a dear friend. I'll never forget that time on the safari at 3:30am when I li terally couldn't keep my eyes open and fell asleep on his shoulder. Pretty much sums up what he's been for me: a rock and a shoulder to lean on. No other person has had the amount of impact that you've had on me for my career- thank you for everything. I'll miss you so much... I'm sure you're tearing it up up there just as much as you did here on earth. Rest In Peace."

As DOs move into the future, we must remember where we came from
Osteopathic medicine is not just empathy, bedside manner, and holistic medicine.
Opinion piece from Michael G. Knapp, DO

As a second-generation DO, and an osteopathic family physician who has been practicing for almost 40 years, I can tell you that we do not need to rethink our position in medicine as others have recently suggested.

Instead, we need to reinforce that the osteopathic philosophy, which A.T. Still, MD, DO, created during a time of turmoil in medicine, was not simply osteopathic manipulative treatment added on to holistic medicine. It was an entirely new way of thinking and treating the patient. (continue reading in The DO)

13th Annual  
Brain Injury Symposium of Mid-Michigan

SAVE THE DATE: Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Eagle Eye Banquet Center, 15500 Chandler Rd., Bath Township, MI

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March 29, 2019, saw the passing of David N. Madgy, DO
March 27, 2019, saw the passing of Robert M. Katz, DO
January 18, 2019 saw the passing of David Rothenberg, DO
January 16, 2019, saw the passing of John K. Crisler, DO
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November 29, 2019, saw the passing of Henry Olen, DO
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